Let’s admit it, we’re all addicted to coffee, and it is pretty much the blood that runs through our veins and gives us the energy to go about our day. Who doesn’t want to drown themselves in the rich aroma of coffee in the morning? But unfortunately, your favorite cafes aren’t open 24 hours a day – so making good coffee at home can seem impossible. You might also discover that sometimes you get a delightful cup of coffee, and yet other times you are left with a subpar experience, wondering what went wrong.
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Thankfully, we’re here to teach you how to make an eye-popping and delicious cup of coffee at home. And depending on how much coffee you drink each day, it may also save you money. With these simple tips and tricks, you’ll be able to make your perfect cup of coffee at home whenever you crave it.
Buy Fresh, Good Whole Bean Coffee:
Clean, high-quality foods produce fresh, delectable meals. The same is true of coffee. Fresh, good, high-quality coffee will give you the best cup every time. It’s also essential to remain within your budget, so don’t splurge excessively — just enough to ensure you get great coffee. And go for whole-bean coffee as it will help you get the best results, whether you are making coffee with an espresso machine or by hand. You’ll also get more flavor because the coffee’s natural flavors are trapped in the bean’s oils. When the coffee is ground, the oils quickly evaporate. That is why you should fill your cup with those valuable oils.
Following the grinding of the coffee beans, the next thing to consider is your dose. The amount of coffee you put into your coffee pot or portafilter (the water will then run through to create your coffee is your dose.)
The key to making great coffee is maintaining your method’s consistency as much as possible. If you can’t weigh your ground beans before extracting your coffee, the next best thing is to use the same routine every time. This could imply running your grinder for a similar amount of time each time you make coffee or using the same total of scoops of coffee each time. Anything you can do to ensure that you use the same amount of coffee every time will help to improve the consistency of your extraction and, as a result, your cup of coffee.
Grind Well Before Brewing:
While buying pre-ground beans may help you save a few minutes in the morning, ground coffee loses its natural zests over time due to long-term exposure to air, losing flavor when brewed. That is why it’s critical to store your beans in an airtight container to keep them fresh and flavorsome for as long as possible. In addition, grinding beans by hand can be difficult, so make sure you invest in the right type of grinder to make your coffee delicious.
Use Filtered Water:
Did you know that approximately 98.5 percent of brewed coffee is mainly water? This means that the taste and quality of the water significantly impact how your coffee tastes and feels. If the water you’re using has strange odors or tastes bad (yes, water can also taste bad), so will your coffee. One of the best things you can do for your cup is to use purified water. Some areas have pure enough tap water for brewing, but in most cases, you’ll want to use bottled water or water through home filtration. If you use bottled water, avoid distilled water as coffee requires some minerality to brew properly.
The Temperature Matters:
Another step that could potentially increase the taste of your coffee is the right temperature. For drip coffee, the ideal brew temperature is between 195-205 degrees F. Newer, higher-end coffee maker models may have a manual temperature adjustment, but older, lower-cost models do not. To ensure that your coffee maker gets the right heat, run it without coffee in the hopper and check the temperature with a thermometer. Attempt to measure the temperature during the brewing process, as the water temperature will drop as it goes through the hopper and into the carafe beneath.
Get a Pour-over Dripper:
A pour-over setup will require more effort than an automatic coffee maker. Still, it will also enable you to tweak various aspects of the brewing process at your leisure and customize the way your coffee tastes. Moreover, unlike many automatic brewers, which produce coffee by soaking grounds in several small streams of water, a pour-over allows the beans to be saturated with a single steady stream, which minimizes temperature loss due to increased surface area.
Drink your Coffee in Your Favorite Cup:
Fact: If you have a nice mug to pour your coffee into, you’re more likely to make your own. Whether it’s an adorable, hand-crafted piece of pottery that’s Pinterest-worthy or a sturdy travel mug you can rely on, keep it clean and ready to go at all times. Bonus: Using a reusable cup instead of a single-use paper or plastic cup every day saves the environment.
So there you have it, a few tips for making sensational coffee at home. We hope you start trying some or all of these tips today so that you can learn the art of making coffee. While you’re at it, don’t be afraid to experiment with the different types of coffees available. After all, there are several types of coffee, and each one will give you a little more taste and insight into how you should enjoy your coffee and keep getting better at making it.